The parents of slain Democratic National Committe staffer, Seth rich has filed a lawsuit against Fox News Channel for their seemingly endless coverage of a network pushed conspiracy theory linking their son to the leaks of thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. The lawsuit also names Fox reporters Malia Zimmerman and a periodic Fox commentator.
NPR (@NPR) reports, the May 2017 story echoed and propelled conspiracy theories about Rich’s death and the DNC leaks. Strongly suggesting Rich’s killing may have been related. Fox News later retracted the story after receiving widespread outrage. The network never bothered to apologize for manufacturing the story or attempt to correct the falsities they reported.
In the suit filed in the Southern District of New York, the family allege that they have been “collateral damage in a political war” and say their son’s death was exploited for political benefit. The Riches also sued Ed Butowsky, a Dallas investment manager who periodically offered commentary on financial matters for Fox Business Network and Fox News. Butowsky is also a defendant in an earlier lawsuit filed last August against Fox News and Zimmerman by their chief named source, a Fox news commentator named Rod Wheeler. The lawsuit alleges “extreme and outrageous conduct” by Fox, Zimmerman, and Butowsky in developing a false story “painting Joel and Mary’s son as a criminal and traitor to the united States.” The Rich’s also allege the network, the reporter, and the investor made it appear that Joel and Mary Rich were involved in the deception.
Uber Technologies Inc. has stopped testing their self-driving vehicles after a pedestrian was struck and killed last night in Tempe, Arizona. The first reported pedestrian hit by car death involving a self-driving vehicle.
Bloomberg News (@Bloomberg) reports, the woman was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. The woman was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. A spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department said Uber is investigating with the ongoing investigation.
On Monday, uber said that they were pausing tests of all its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto, and the greater Phoenix area.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” An Uber spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Despite a battery of test, there have been no conclusion as to what the exact issue is. While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season.” Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Ty Lue said in a statement.
USA Today (@USAToday) reports, the Cavs head coach will be stepping away from the team for an unspecified amount of time due to chest pains and other “troubling” symptoms. Associate Head Coach, Larry Drew will take over the reins for Lue in his absence. No word on when, or if Lue will return this season.
“I think it’s probably well overdue. Understanding what he’s been going through throughout the season, so obviously health is the most important with everything in life, so I’m not surprised by it at all” Lebron James said of Lue’s leave of absence.
There has been wide speculation over the cause of a major shakeup in the Cavs team a little while back. Multiple players were shipped out, including Isiah Thomas, and multiple players were shipped in. Many people wondered if these moves were lebron James’ doing rather than Cavs management and ownership. Lue has been under heavy scrutiny all season as the Cavs have had a less than stellar go at it this year. The Cleveland Cavs are 40-29 so far this season. With 13 games left to play, Cleveland sits in the #3 spot, just one game ahead of the Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, and surging Philadelphia 76ers. In the tight Eastern conference playoff race, a few losses could easily drop the Cavs from #3 to #8 in the playoff race, or even knock them out of the race period. Make no mistake about it, the Cavs are not playing good ball right now, and many wonder if they have enough fire-power on their squad to come out of the East this season. All of the pressure from underperforming this season has been placed squarely on the shoulders of Ty Lue. He’s been accused of just being a figure. Many say this is Lebron’s team. Some even says that lebron is calling all of the shots, while Lue is just………there. Ty Lue surely has to be tired of the negative spotlight. Something like that probably could have a very negative effect on a person’s health. Including chest pains and sleepless nights. Ty Lue’s illness may not be physical at all. It may be that he’s mentally exhausted. The perfect cure for this illness……extended time away from Lebron James and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization. Lue’s remedy for his illness is coming at a terrible time, but they said he doesn’t coach the team anyway. Remember? So if those “experts” who say Lebron is the coach are right, the Cavs shouldn’t miss a step in Lue’s absence. WE WILL SEE
Things got a little heated when Desus & Mero appeared on The Breakfast Club with host Charlamagne Tha’ God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. Desus & Mero are a comedy duo that gained wide popularity with their podcast “Bodega Boys.” The comedic duo spun the success from the podcast into a tv show on Viceland.
DJ Envy accused the duo of disrespecting his wife when the couple made an appearance on The Real. The little comment/joke the duo made didn’t seem to be a lot to me, but it was obviously enough to push Dj Envy’s buttons. He confronted the two, and the rest is history. DJ Envy ended up walking out of the interview and like magic, internet memes were born. Many accused Dj Envy of being overly sensitive. Check out the interview and see if you agree. Did Envy have a valid beef, or was he being sensitive?
Video courtesy: Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM
Suspect Trevor Weldon Ingram
Philly’s own, The Almighty Roots Crew were scheduled to perform at the South By SouthWest (SXSW) Festival in Austin Texas on Saturday, alongside Ludacris, Tank, Jesse Reyez and a few others. The show was canceled due to reports of a bomb threat. If you recall, Austin is the place that three package bombs went off last week killing two black people and injuring a Mexican woman. Police still will not say if minorities were purposely targeted in those incidents. In any case, you can see why Bud Light took the threat seriously enough to cancel the event, when 26-year old Trevor Weldon Ingram allegedly emailed Live Nation Music on Saturday afternoon, saying there was a bomb planted at the Fair Market venue.
Variety Magazine (@variety) reports, officers searched the venue and decided that there was no threat to be found. But Bud Light, the show’s sponsor, decided to cancel the event in the interest of audience safety. (And probably to remove themselves from even the possibility of being sued just in case something did go wrong.) The problem was that the announcement was not made until a large crowd had already gathered in anticipation of the show. Fans were upset about the last-minute cancellation, but some weren’t really all that surprised that something like this would happen.
Acccording to police reports, police were able to identify and locate the suspect believed to be tied to this threat and have a warrant signed for his arrest by 11:08 pm. Seven minutes later, Ingram was arrested and taken into custody. He was booked on third degree felony charges of making a terroristic threat.
Dates for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s OTR 2 tour have been announced. The United Sates leg of the tour will begin this summer. Starting in Cleveland on July 25th. The duo will be making their way down to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly on the 30th. If you’re reading this it’s probably too late! Just kidding. Pre-sale tickets went on sale March 14th. Tickets will be available for the general public to purchase on Monday March 19th (tomorrow). A quick Google search showed that a ticket will probably cost you in a range from $111 (200 level) to around $2940 (front row VIP). Tickets will probably sell quickly, so chances are, if you don’t get yours in the next few days, you probably won’t be going. Good luck in the ticket search.